Rwanda plans to build a green city

Rwanda plans to build a green city

By Jean-Pierrre Afadhali
The Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) is hosting an Urban Planning and Design Lab as part of the ongoing development of a groundbreaking Green City Pilot in Kigali. The Urban Lab will give the community and government stakeholders an opportunity to contribute their ideas to the new city extension and is being held from 6-10 May at Onomo Hotel.

FONERWA, with the financial support of the German Development Cooperation through the KfW Development Bank, is undertaking a feasibility study for the Green Pilot and contracted Sweco, a European engineering and architecture firm, to support the implementation of the project.

The Green City Pilot, to be located in Kinyinya Sector in Kigali, will showcase sustainable and prosperous urban mixed-use development and is the first of its kind in the country. The outcomes of the Urban Lab will directly support the development of the feasibility study for the Green City Pilot, which will in turn lay the groundwork for the conceptual development and construction of the new and world-class green neighbourhood.

The Urban Lab serves as a unique platform for the community, partners and stakeholders to give their input into the development of the Green City Pilot and to ensure the project responds to their needs and expectations. As part of the Urban Lab, the Green City Pilot Project Team will also update community members and stakeholders on the status of the project, discuss potential future scenarios for the site and identify an urban planning approach that best suits the local conditions and the ambitions for the Green City Pilot.

The Urban Lab will produce a visual report that captures the key findings of the discussions and illustrates possible spatial models for urban development in the Green City Pilot. These models will outline the structure, connectivity, environment, building patterns and location of services at the pilot site in Kinyinya Sector and serve as inputs for the design process for the Green City Pilot. The Urban Lab will also define the urban planning, housing, financial, infrastructure, social and environmental and financial requirements of the Green City Pilot.

The Green City Pilot aims to serve as a blueprint for Rwanda’s green urbanisation and introduce technologies and innovations that can be replicated across the country as Rwanda works to achieve its socio-economic transformation goals.




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